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Integral ecopsychological investigation of bonsai principles, meaning and healing

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dc.contributor.advisor Thwala, J.D
dc.contributor.advisor Edwards, S
dc.contributor.author Hermann, Caroll
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-04T12:22:20Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-04T12:22:20Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1388
dc.description A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Arts in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zululand, South Africa, 2013. en_US
dc.description.abstract Art therapy is very popular amongst therapists, and Bonsai art adds another dimension to the intervention stratagem. One aspect of an intervention strategy is to reduce the burden of mental illness and related conditions. Bonsai as an intervention combines meditation, spirituality, responsibility and the ability to express oneself through this timeless art. An international study was conducted of the habits, health and spirituality of bonsai practitioners. Participants completed the Spirituality Scale, Patient Health Questionnaire and the Quality of Life Scales, as well as a questionnaire about their interest in Bonsai. Results indicated that although the participants were not necessarily healthier than the general population, they experienced peace by being actively involved in Bonsai. Bonsai is proposed as a new expanded category of supportive therapeutic mechanism, along with an elaboration of expressive therapeutic mechanisms such as when working in groups,such as hospitals,old age homes and prisons. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject intervention --silence --spirituality --Bonsai --well-being --psychotherapy en_US
dc.title Integral ecopsychological investigation of bonsai principles, meaning and healing en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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